Claudine Swinton-Lee - Dip.Psych (MBACP - Psychotherapist)
Confidential, down to earth therapy offered to individuals and couples, both on a short term and long term basis. My basic orientation as a therapist lies in the recognition of how the past (distant or most recent) effects present behaviour, attitude and choice (not always in the way we would ideally like or wish) and, therefore, determines the future (thus perpetuating negative 'cycles' of experience) Therapy is a joint endeavour which aims to help people become free of such patterns or responses that cause unhappiness. Although therapy is not 'magic' and one should never promise a successful outcome, I am happy to say that clients who finish their therapy with me leave with a new bank of self-knowledge, clarification of issues and lifelong tools all acquired through their attendance - and, most importantly, repetitive cycles of unhappy experience broken.
In our first session, we will clarify what your expectations and goals are. An initial consultation allows us an introduction which will enable you to decide whether or not you would like to continue working with me. We will speak about what the catalyst has been in making an appointment and, as you explain, I will also describe to you in what ways therapy may help you, personally, resolve certain problems, the obstacles that may stand in our way of achieving this sometimes (how part of my job is to make this as less difficult as possible) and how through your 'free association' (talking in an environment without being judged) we will discover certain beliefs and thoughts that up until now may have remained 'unknown' yet which have had a 'dynamic' and negative effect on life (i.e psychodynamic understanding)
Through your narrative, that is to say material based on factual word from yourself within our sessions, I will offer explanations and interpretations which are coincidental with realizations being made from week to week, and which bring clarity and understanding to what previously may have appeared confusing and inescapable.Through application of what is being experienced and made sense of in therapy, therefore, we will see certain changes occur. We call this process 'working through'. Seeing life and oneself in new ways will bring, it is hoped, empowerment, confidence and, ultimately, skills to remain calm and happy - even in the more (and inevitable) challenging times presented by life.
I am particularly familiar in seeing clients - both men and women - who wish to resolve issues in relation to specific and pervasive anxiety, addiction, anger/frustration, depression, psychosexual issues, sexuality, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, medically unexplained/psychosomatic symptoms, partner and family issues, workplace conflict and challenges, difficulties in romantic life, feeling bullied, over-thinking/over-reacting, low self-esteem/lack of confidence, indecision, feeling empty/unfulfilled, feeling out of control/procrastination, attachment disorder, difficulty in liking self and making connection with others, relationship breakup and separation, affairs, feelings of helplessness and fear, guilt and shame issues, unmanageable stress, loss/bereavement, trauma, mid-life crisis/existential issues, feelings of isolation/loneliness, insomnia, menopausal impact, self-harm (Please see below for information in regard to couples/relationship counselling)
I am accustomed (and enjoy) meeting with people from diverse and varied backgrounds, religions, cultures and beliefs and of all ages, abilities and sexual orientations.
I usually suggest putting regular weekly sessions in the diary. There is no obligation to attend all of the sessions booked but continuity is essential to successful therapy.
To make an appointment please 'phone or email. Referrals from a Dr (or other Health Specialist) by 'phone or letter are welcome. If the answerphone is on, please leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I am able.
Training, qualifications & experience
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (International School Of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy) P.G Diploma (4 year study programme)
Hypnotherapy (London College Of Clinical Hypnosis) Certificate
MBACP - Member British Association Of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Certificate of Proficiency held)
I adhere to BACP's Ethical Framework guidelines and receive ongoing monthly clinical supervision (I have full Professional Indemnity Insurance)
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
As mentioned above, I am particularly familiar in treating clients presenting issues around...specific and generalised anxiety, addiction, anger, depression, psychosexual issues, sexuality, family/relationship issues, workplace conflict, romantic life difficulty, obsessional compulsive disorder, phobia, feeling bullied, over-thinking/over-reacting, low self-esteem/lack of confidence, indecision, feeling empty/unfulfilled, feeling out of control/procrastination, attachment disorder, difficulty in liking self and making connection with others, relationship break up and separation, affairs, feelings of helplessness and fear, guilt and shame issues, unmanageable stress, loss/bereavement, trauma, mid-life crisis/existential issues, feelings of isolation/loneliness, insomnia, menopausal effects, self-harm.
50 minute Initial Consultation; £55.00
Daytime/Evening Bookings; £55.00
There are (limited) concessionary places available so please enquire if you are in receipt of benefits, student loans, are on a low income or there other circumstances necessary to take into account.
I offer an 8 week course to couples seeking therapy and see couples (together) on session one and session eight only - other sessions are attended by each individual on their own. In session eight, clients attend together and personal insights are discussed and connections made.
The method is regarded as a short term therapy designed to aid personal growth and to develop recognition of how and in what ways one effects, and is effected by, the other. Discovering what events has led to certain behaviours frees us, it is hoped, from previous debillitating patterns of involvement and helps us to understand not only ourselves, but our partners, family, friends and so on.
Most Recent CPD Workshops;
Treating Anxiety - CBT (CCBT)
Gender Dysphoria (Michelle Bridgeman)
Dealing With Distress - Working With Self-Harm and Suicide (PODS)
Positive Outcomes For Dissociative Survivors (PODS)
Working With Dissociative Identity Disorder (PODS)
Running Mindfulness Groups